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Health fears stymie Banna homes project

A MAJOR holiday home development planned for Banna Beach has been blocked by Bord Pleanala because its waste water system would pose a public health risk.The 24-holiday house development, proposed by Banna Holiday Villas Limited, was to be built close to Banna Beach and include 24 semi-detached holiday cottages, a recreation centre, gym, tennis courts and a soccer pitch.Bor



A MAJOR holiday home development planned for Banna Beach has been blocked by Bord Pleanala because its waste water system would pose a public health risk.

The 24-holiday house development, proposed by Banna Holiday Villas Limited, was to be built close to Banna Beach and include 24 semi-detached holiday cottages, a recreation centre, gym, tennis courts and a soccer pitch.

Bord Pleanala said that while the development would fit in visually with the area, there were concerns about the proposed wastewater management plan.

When permission was originally refused for the development, on March 21, 2006 — on the grounds that the mooted wastewater works were unsuitable — the developers leased an adjoining field and drew up plans to build the necessary wastewater works in the rented land.

Banna Holiday Villas lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala and included the revised wastewater plans; however, their appeal was overturned on the grounds that the rental arrangement was unworkable.

Bord Pleanala officials stated in their report that Banna Holiday Villas Limited’s temporary lease of land for wastewater treatment works could pose problems regarding the operation of water treatment.

“Having regard to the permanent nature of the proposed holiday homes and recreation building, the development of the proposed wastewater treatment system on a site outside of the applicant’s ownership and to be held on a short-term lease, is an unacceptable legal arrangement which could militate against the proper control and operation of the wastewater treatment system.”

The Bord Pleanala report concluded that the proposed waste water system would pose a risk to public health.



“With regard to the low permeability of the subsoil on the site and the evidence for an intermittent high water table and the topography, the board is not satisfied on the basis of the submissions made in connection with the planning application and appeal that the site can be drained satisfactorily notwithstanding the proposed use of a mechanical treatment unit and sand filter. The proposed development would, therefore, be prejudicial to public health.”